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John Appleby on accident and emergency services: a barometer of pressure on the NHS?

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With pressures on accident and emergency departments hitting the headlines recently, John Appleby, Chief Economist at The King’s Fund, looks at the facts behind A&E attendances and waiting times.

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John Appleby on accident and emergency services: a barometer of pressure on the NHS?

  1. 1. Accident and emergency services: Abarometer of pressure on the NHS?John ApplebyChief Economist, The King’s Fund
  2. 2. IntroductionPressures on accident and emergency (A&E)departments have hit the headlines recentlyMany arguments about what the figures showand who is responsibleBut what are the facts behind A&E attendances?This slideshow looks at attendance and waitingtimes data over time
  3. 3. ConclusionsThere is no doubt that there was severe pressure in A&Eand urgent and emergency care at the beginning of thisyearThe reasons for this are not fully understood but willinvolve a number of factorsThe pressures in emergency care will not be relieved byfocusing on a single aspect of the problem - it requires aco-ordinated response across the whole health system.

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